High chance Poland will cut VAT on some food to zero in February, says PM

Poland is likely to cut VAT to zero on basic food products in February, the prime minister said on Monday, as part of a package of measures to soften the blow from surging inflation.

Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) has launched a package of tax cuts on petrol, gas, heating and electricity combined with cash handouts to households, but says it has been unable to cut VAT on food to zero because of European Union rules.

“There is a very high chance that from February we will cut VAT on basic food items to zero for at least six months,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference.

Poland has been pushing the EU to allow food to be sold without VAT, but Morawiecki did not elaborate on whether the bloc had given ground on this issue.


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